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As Timmy Sean’s explosive Songs of the Week project heads into its sunset days, we welcome this week’s entry, a powerful (what else?) cover of Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love,” delivered on stage by Timmy’s side band, Sir Video.
Recorded on October 21, 2015 (Back to the Future Day!) at the Swing House in Los Angeles, “The Power of Love” is driven by a great horn chart, delivered with gusto by Jon Manness (on trumpet) and the Mahoney Brothers’ Brian Mahoney on saxophone. There were, in fact, nine musicians playing their hearts out during this live debut of Sir Video–let’s give them a spirited round of applause: Frankie Pedano (keyboards/vocals), Alex Schneiderman (guitar/vocals), Ramage Jacobs (guitar), Jon Reshard (bass), Punky Balfour (drums), Art Webb (keyboards), and the aforementioned Jon Manness on trumpet and Brian Mahoney on the sax. Oh, and there’s one more player… let’s see… right: Timmy Sean on vocals and guitar!
There’s more to come in Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project; stay tuned right here for your weekly report on the latest tunes coming your way. To add “The Power of Love” to your collection, click here. To add any of the other Songs of the Week that you may have missed, click here.
For this week’s Song of the Week, a fun project we’ve been covering since its inception at the beginning of January, Timmy Sean delivers a sizzling track, recorded at Philadelphia’s Fire Venue and Bar last October–a live, full band version of “There’s No Other Way,” a track from Timmy’s so fine 2010 album, Noisewater.
“There’s No Other Way” is a mid-tempo tune that sounds like a leisurely, melodic slice of heaven that could have come out of the Beatles’ White Album sessions. An enticing chord progression and lead guitar lines that, especially around 2:28, sound quite George Harrison-esque, propel this one into your consciousness. The melody is the usual top-notch specimen that we’ve come to expect from this master of pop and rock forms.
Timmy says: “While I put the final touches on some brand new studio recordings of originals for the next couple weeks, I wanted to drop this one in the ‘ol ‘Song of the Week’ queue.
“…I wanted to feature another live recording from the last time I performed in PA. Back in February I featured an acoustic version of a song from Noisewater, ‘Hold On,’ so here is the opposite–a full-band version of a song that was originally just acoustic and vocals on the album. Recorded this past October at the Fire in Philadelphia, PA, here is ‘There’s No Other Way,’ featuring my east coast line-up of the Celebrities–Frankie Pedano on keys and backup vocals, Michael Vivas on bass, Michael J. Roxx on lead guitar, and John Tiedemann on drums.”
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